Flying Wild Alaska

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  1. murphey

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    If she's spending most of her time in the LA area going to college, why isn't she taking lessons down there?
     
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    They fly like 172s.
     
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    No TV cameras.
     
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    I think someone got the sound bytes mixed up in the editing room.
     
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    Because it is a good story-line to carry the semi-scripted show that she co-produces from episode to episode.

    According to her college newspaper, her goal in life is to have her own TV show. With flying wild alaska she is about 1/2 way there. She is a co-producer and cast herself as this ditzy teenager when in fact she is 25, has a communications degree (or is about to get it) and hasn't worked on the family farm for 6 years.

    This is a show, not much 'reality' to it. I like it because it displays the useful aspects of GA. But you can't take the contrived story lines, the fake drama and the poor sound and video editing too seriously.
     
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    Ariel's voice makes me want to poke my ears with icepicks.

    The overly-dramatic scenes of flaps being deployed, and windsocks flying in the breeze, make me want to throw a brick at my tv.
     
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    Slightly off topic, but I was watching a news show yesterday (don't recall which station) that had commercial airliners in the UK, I think, landing in SUCH STRONG CROSSWINDS that they had to develop NEW LANDING TECHNIQUES to land.

    After the commercial, they showed one airliner landing in a crab and definitely side-loading the gear, such that the nose whipped over to parallel the runway immediately after touch down. (I think I did that too, early in my flying career.)

    The second and third airliners actually, wait for it ... crabbed into the wind, and then kicked the crab out right before touchdown and remained generally alligned with the runway. UNBELIEVABLE! :yikes:

    I hope that someday I can learn those "new" crosswind landing techniques. :rolleyes:
     
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    I see lots of airliners landing in a crab and side loading the gear... I think they are trained to do that on the bigger birds.. The gear is designed to just take it
     
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    On some airliners, bank angle at touchdown is limited due to the engine nacelles hanging under the wing. Especially with four engines.
     
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    Just out of curiosity, where's TSA at Unalakleet. I see turboprops and pax but no scanners and blue-handed inspectors. I didn't think anyone got a free ride.
     
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    I heard a rumor years ago that Boeing spend a bunch of money redesigning the nacelles on 737's to increase the clearance a few inches.
     
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    heh - I had to start laughing when I saw that part.
     
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    Think of all the story lines that shows as bogus.

    Ariel's upset because Pons is going to Bethel. What happens when she's in LA?
    She's never been kissed because all of the few guys around are her cousins. All the guys in LA, too? :dunno:
     
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    I know, I know, I know. I can enjoy with the pseudo-reality that they create with everything else, but this just grates on my logic-nerves.
     
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    Stink flipper.
     
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    Yep- probably 99% boring in reality.
     
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    What I don't understand is how those tiny little dogs can do OK in the snow (and they seem to like it)..... that is some pretty harsh weather.
     
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    They gots lotsa fur and...
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/13/dog-feet_n_1204709.html

    My short-hairs are fine with a quick run around, even with snow up to their bellies and higher, but I have coats if/when I take them for a long walk. In deep snow they jump from hole-to-hole. :)
     
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    While I like to complain about aspects of the show too, consider that it makes general aviation flying seem an approachable endeavor at the same time that it is exciting, noble ("only lifeline to America's last frontier,") and even heroic ("battling -40 degree winters....")

    I also liked the interview and back story of how Sarah decided to become a pilot, and the enthusiasm in her voice on just how much she enjoys flying in Alaska.
     
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    Hell, I'd watch it just to see a couple of takeoffs and landings. Where else in the thousand channel wasteland do you get to see that?
     
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    I wish they showed more of Sarah and less of Ariel. She truly has a passion for aviation and it seems like she is a darn good pilot
     
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    Agreed. Did you see the one where both she and John crabbed the planes onto the runway - one after the other - in that gusty crosswind on the snow?
     
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    Yes.

    Plus Sarah is WAY hotter than Ariel.
     
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    Oh and she did that flour bombing in a taildragger and that upset training too.

    I looked back on the first season which is in Netflix streaming and saw one episode with a female / male pilot married couple - both worked for Era - the girl was a blonde - what happened that female pilot? Has she been on other episodes?
     
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    I think you mean Sarah and Pons. They were dating in the first season, but broke it off in before the second season. Maybe he spent a little too much time with Ariel.......if you know what I'm sayin.
     
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    No I do not. I mean a MARRIED couple, not in Unakleet - in one of Era's many other hubs in Alaska. The girl was blonde and talked about how she used to be an airline pilot and was away from her husband 21 days a month and now they see each other every night. Definitely not Sarah.
     
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    Stop it. Ariel has "never been kissed." She said, "TEE HEE TEE God no! Not like that!" when Pons left.
     
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    Would have loved to have seen those negotiations...

    "Jim, if you want me on your daughter's silly TV show this year, you're paying for upset training. It'll be good TV and I get to log something useful." ;)
     
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    Also agreed.
     
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    I do like that they show female pilots out there, so women have more role models! Though Ariel has said a couple times that her entire family except her have pilot certificates, but you never see her mother or sister flying!
     
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    Sarah was originally one of their office staff wasn't she ?
     
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    yep - that was in last week's episode. As she ran down her bio, she said she was office staff and wanted to fly.
     
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    I vote for Sarah having her own show. :thumbsup:
     
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    Yeah,, " Airborne Day Care"
     
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    Well, I'll pass along all your best wishes....

    Yay to Victoria!
     
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    I know, and every time they show the father and mother in a plane, she acts like a "passenger" - not like someone with a PPL. You never hear her talk about pilot stuff. Does the FAA show they all have PPL's?
     
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    Ariel has a Student Pilot certificate and first-class medical, dated 4/2011.

    Ayla has a Private ASEL and second-class medical, dated 6/2011.

    Jim has an ATP/AMEL with comm privileges on ASEL and first-class medical dated 11/2011.

    "Elaine Lenore" (presumably Ferno) has Private ASEL and third-class medical dated 1/2010.

    So, yes it appears that they are all certified pilots except Ariel.
     
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    Wow. Thanks.
     
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    Elaine is another daughter who has not appeared on the show.

    I could not find an FAA database record for Ferno under either her maiden name (which appears to have been Ryan) or Tweto.

    Ron Tweto, brother of Jim Tweto, who died a few years ago still appears in the FAA database.

    This 2010 story provides some tidbits:
    Her sister Ayla, 24, is training to be a paramedic in Anchorage but visited Unalakleet on weekends and also appears in the show. Another sister, 21-year-old Elaine, spent the fall in London. Both are pilots.
    "I had written into the contract that I get to review all these episodes so I can make sure that they don't inadvertently show something that's not legal just because they took it out of context," Jim Tweto said.​
    http://www.adn.com/2010/12/18/1611395/alaska-bush-pilots-fly-as-the.html
     
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    That makes sense. So maybe when she says "I am the last in my family to do this" she really means the last of her siblings.